A Tour of Room 211

Inspired by Theresa Dixon's "Learning Spaces" post, I thought I would share some pics of my classroom. A couple of years ago I begged my principal to get rid of my traditional, forward-facing desks. It just so happened that it was the perfect time to ask. We had just received a grant to get some new furniture. It was not a lot of money, but it was enough to make a difference. 

 This is my objective board. Students know to look here for what we are working on in class. It prevents a lot of the "Ms. Lantz, what are we doing today?" questions. 

This is my objective board. Students know to look here for what we are working on in class. It prevents a lot of the "Ms. Lantz, what are we doing today?" questions. 

 Students love to see that you value their work and creativity. I have an ugly brown closet door, and I cover it with artwork that my students give me throughout the year. 

Students love to see that you value their work and creativity. I have an ugly brown closet door, and I cover it with artwork that my students give me throughout the year. 

 I have never regretted moving away from traditional seating. I love how the couches make it feel cozy and comfortable. We can have real discussions about books. A bonus that has occurred: improved classroom management. When students are comfortable, as with most people, they are more likely to stay on task and want to learn.  Also, since my school is 150 years old, chalkboards cover three sides of my room. I HATE chalkboards. I try to cover most of them with inspirational quotes or fabric. (I'm known as the quote lover now. My family and friends get them for me as gifts.) A lot of the sayings encourage a growth mindset. 

I have never regretted moving away from traditional seating. I love how the couches make it feel cozy and comfortable. We can have real discussions about books. A bonus that has occurred: improved classroom management. When students are comfortable, as with most people, they are more likely to stay on task and want to learn.

Also, since my school is 150 years old, chalkboards cover three sides of my room. I HATE chalkboards. I try to cover most of them with inspirational quotes or fabric. (I'm known as the quote lover now. My family and friends get them for me as gifts.) A lot of the sayings encourage a growth mindset. 

 Instead of the chalkboards, we have big televisions in our classrooms. We are a 1:1 iPad school, and I can use my iPad or apps like  Educreations  to mirror examples or model for students.

Instead of the chalkboards, we have big televisions in our classrooms. We are a 1:1 iPad school, and I can use my iPad or apps like Educreations to mirror examples or model for students.

 My color coded round tables make group work a snap. I have five of them. 

My color coded round tables make group work a snap. I have five of them. 

 I stole this idea. Having a place to return student assessments definitely saves some instructional minutes. Students also keep their evidence of learning (for future reference/conferences), choice reading books, and notebooks in the files. This reduces trips to lockers.  

I stole this idea. Having a place to return student assessments definitely saves some instructional minutes. Students also keep their evidence of learning (for future reference/conferences), choice reading books, and notebooks in the files. This reduces trips to lockers.  

 I have loaded shelves with high-interest books. (There are also a few classics there.) Student recommendations are displayed on top. The books are sorted by genre, but it is still a work in progress. 

I have loaded shelves with high-interest books. (There are also a few classics there.) Student recommendations are displayed on top. The books are sorted by genre, but it is still a work in progress. 

 Any note given to me by a student or co-worker goes on my bulletin board. Everyone likes to know you appreciate the thought. 

Any note given to me by a student or co-worker goes on my bulletin board. Everyone likes to know you appreciate the thought.